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Fox Broadcasting will not have to change the name of its hit show “Empire,” even though it shares a name with a long-established record company, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said Fox did not violate trademark laws or the Lanham Act in using the title for the show—which is about a fictional record company.

The decision brushes back San Francisco-based record label Empire Distribution’s claims that Fox’s use of “Empire” infringed on its trademark rights.

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